Monday, November 25, 2019

Mae Brussell interview with Louis Tackwood, a former LAPD agent provocateur

During the late 1960s & early 1970s, Louis Tackwood worked as a police informer for the Los Angeles Police Department. In this capacity, he infiltrated the Black movement. In late 1971, he went public concerning his work as an informer, eventually detailing LAPD covert operations in this book. During the 1975-76 trial of the San Quentin 6, Tackwood testified that in summer 1971, he (as a police agent in on a set-up) had personally smuggled into prison the weapon supposedly used by George Jackson during the events of Black August. But around late 1986, Tackwood changed his story, claiming that his testimony at the SQ6 trial had been coached to him.

He claimed that Nixon's people planned on creating a Reichstag-fire style terrorist attack at the GOP convention in 1972 and then use it as a pretext for setting up a police state, but the plan fell through after the Watergate burglary. During the 70s, Tackwood appears to have gone back and forth between working as a police informer and exposing police covert operations.

In The Glass House Tapes, Tackwood is quoted as saying: "I'm giving up only two names. There's 'Martin', and there's 'White'. Aright, now, 'Martin' was the code name for my contact, and I'm gonna tell you he's C.I.A., all the way. Are you ready for this? He was in Dallas when they got Kennedy; he left out of there for the Caribbean." Martin and White were names allegedly used by James McCord and Howard Hunt.

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In the 60s and 70s, the word was Don't trust anyone over 30. I would affirm that nothing has changed, particularly with respect to any college don.

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